Skoda Auto on Thursday concluded the second run of i-Mobilothon, which saw over 50 start-ups taking up the challenge and developing workable ideas.
This year, i-mobilothon received more than 200 registrations from start-ups and students to internal employees entering across various categories, a press release from Skoda Auto noted.
The closing and award ceremony was held recently, where Dave.ai and Xane.ai were given the first prize for their Metaverse and Artificial Intelligence concepts.
The second run saw the contestants develop many noteworthy solutions, addressing issues in the Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence and the IoT.
The thirteen-week hackathon went live on 12 September 2022, followed by mentoring sessions and the final Jury session on 22 November 2022.
The hackathon was held in hybrid mode in two stages – the inauguration and the final proof-of-concept presentations. Students, start-ups, and Volkswagen Group employees competed in teams at the i.Mobilothon hackathon.
Piyush Arora, Managing Director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, said, “The Indian automotive and tech ecosystem is truly world-class, and this is what we witnessed at ‘i-mobilothon 2022. I congratulate both Dave.ai and Xane.ai for winning with their brilliant concept and all participants for demonstrating exceptional innovation. We look forward to cooperating with them to develop tailor-made digital mobility solutions for our discerning customers in the region. The past thirteen weeks of ‘i-mobilothon 2022’ leading up to the award ceremony today have been an overwhelming and enriching experience.”
Innovation is central to the business in the VW Group, and the i-mobilothon platform enables the company to kindle the spirit and, at the same time, identify and collaborate on innovative mobility solutions, he added.
The ‘i-Mobilothon 2022’ was organised by Skoda Auto DigiLab India, one of the three agile business innovation hubs for automaker globally, in collaboration with Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India (formerly Volkswagen IT Services).
This year, the hackathon events were organised under four banners: the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility solutions in the Metaverse, transforming mobility solutions with Artificial Intelligence, and holistic sustainability, for which more than 50 start-ups took up the challenge. In all, ‘i-Mobilothon’ received over 200 registrations across various categories.